A Search for Great Vegan Food in San Diego

Tag Archives: tea

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

I’ve been having a real sweet tooth lately.  Maybe that’s what happens when you’re 5 months pregnant? I have been trying to at least divert my cravings to things that are somewhat healthy.  When my latest desire hit, I went to what has quickly become my favorite dessert cookbook: BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery.  Normally, I’m a chocolate person.  However, there was something about the lemon/poppy seed combination that made me want to try it out.  And I am GLAD I did!!  I will be making this lemon poppy seed cake soon 🙂

 

[caption id="attachment_2667" align="alignnone" width="640"]Baked Loaves of Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Baked Loaves of Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Bread[/caption]

 

First, it’s time to round up the Lemon Poppy Seed Cake ingredients.

 

[caption id="attachment_2661" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Ingredients Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Ingredients[/caption]

 

Place the rice milk, apple cider vinegar, and poppy seeds in a bowl without stirring, and set the bowl aside.

 

[caption id="attachment_2662" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Wet Ingredients Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Wet Ingredients[/caption]

 

Measure out and mix together the lemon poppy seed cake dry ingredients — the gluten-free flour, brown rice flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.

 

[caption id="attachment_2663" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lemon Poppy Seed Wet Ingredients Lemon Poppy Seed Wet Ingredients[/caption]

 

Then it’s time to add the wet ingredients — coconut oil, agave nectar, apple sauce, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and lemon peel.

 

[caption id="attachment_2664" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Wet Ingredients Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Wet Ingredients[/caption]

 

Finally, add in the poppy seed mixture and combine.

 

[caption id="attachment_2665" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lemon Poppy Seed Wet Ingredients Mixed Together Lemon Poppy Seed Wet Ingredients Mixed Together[/caption]

 

Grease the loaf pan (I decided to make mini loafs!) with coconut oil, and pour the batter in.  My batter was runnier than other loaf and cake batter I have made in the past.  But don’t worry!

 

[caption id="attachment_2666" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lemon Poppy Seed Batter in MIni Loaf Pan Lemon Poppy Seed Batter in MIni Loaf Pan[/caption]

 

My mini lemon poppy seed cake loaves turned out very well — they were super moist and a delightful contrast of sweet and tangy flavors.

 

[caption id="attachment_2668" align="alignnone" width="640"]Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves in Pan Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Loaves in Pan[/caption]

 

I will for sure be making this lemon poppy seed cake again soon!!

 

[caption id="attachment_2671" align="alignnone" width="640"]Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Bread[/caption]

Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup rice milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup gluten-free flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil, plus extra to grease loaf pan
  • ¾ cup agave nectar
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • t tablespoons lemon extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Put rice milk, apple cider vinegar, and poppy seeds in bowl. Do NOT stir and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the gluten-free flour, the brown rice flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt
  4. Then add the coconut oil, agave nectar, applesauce, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon zest, and mix together.
  5. Stir in the rice milk, apple cider vinegar, and poppy seed mixture.
  6. Grease loaf pan with coconut oil.
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan and cook for 35 minutes. Rotate pan in oven 180 degrees after 18 minutes.
  8. Allow cake to cool for at least 20 minutes. Then use a knife to run around the edge of the loaf. Gently flip the loaf pan upside down and allow loaf to fall out into your hand. Place on a plate.
  9. Serve immediately or wait until completely cool to store in airtight container.

 

Traditional Medicinals Tea

Do You Know What’s in Your Tea?

 

Tea drinking is ingrained in my routine – I drink anywhere from 6-8 cups a day.  I find tea soothing and love the idea of maintaining my health naturally.  Recently, I read an article Do You Know What’s Really In Your Tea? by Food Babe that made me realize that I wasn’t being careful enough when making tea purchases. I highly suggest reading the entire article, but the main takeaways are:

  •  most tea is not washed before it is put into bags, so unless your tea is organic, you are likely drinking pesticides
  • many teas contain artificial flavoring, natural flavors, and GMO’s
  • many paper tea bags are treated with epichlorohydrin, a compound that is considered a potential carcinogen and that is mainly used in the production of epoxy resins
  • many “silky” and “luxurious mesh” tea bags that hold loose leaf teas are made of plastics, and these plastics may break down and leach out when steeped in boiling water.

 

[caption id="attachment_2348" align="alignnone" width="640"]Traditional Medicinals Tea SteepingTraditional Medicinals Tea Steeping Traditional Medicinals Tea Steeping[/caption]

 

Choosing Traditional Medicinals:

 

However, it’s not all doom and gloom!  There are tea companies like Traditional Medicinals that shine even brighter because of their efforts to provide quality, clean tea.  Traditional Medicinal’s teas are all organic and non-GMO verified.  The herbs in Traditional Medicinals tea go through at least 9 rounds of testing before being deemed “good enough” for the tea bag.  Microscopists and lab analysts test each herb’s identity, strength, and purity while the cupping team ensures that the tea tastes right.   These quality control measures make for good tea.  And with a wide variety of teas – greens, herbals, and those especially formulated for detox and relaxation – Traditional Medicinals is sure to make a tea that suits everyone’s taste buds.

 

New Teas:

 

Traditional Medicinals recently debuted two new Dandelion based teas (2) Dandelion Leaf and Root and (2) Every Day Detox Dandelion.  Why all the focus on dandelion?  Dandelions naturally stimulate the liver and help with your body’s detoxification process.

 

Dandelion Leaf and Root:

 

The Dandelion Leaf and Root tea is made from a combination of dandelion leaf and unroasted dandelion root.  It’s an herbal tea with a mild taste designed to promote healthy digestion.  It’s a great tea to sip on any time of the day!

 

[caption id="attachment_2349" align="alignnone" width="640"]Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Leaf and Root Tea Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Leaf and Root Tea[/caption]

 

Every Day Detox Dandelion:

 

The Every Day Detox Dandelion is a blend of dandelion leaf, dandelion root, licorice, fennel, and peppermint.    This tea has a sweet and refreshing taste and is designed to aid the liver and promote flushing of waste from the kidneys.  I really enjoy the harmony of flavors at play in this tea.

 

[caption id="attachment_2351" align="alignnone" width="640"]Traditional Medicinals Every Day Detox Tea Traditional Medicinals Every Day Detox Tea[/caption]

 

To learn more about Traditional Medicinals and their delicious (and clean!) teas check out their website! I hope you enjoy the teas as much as I have 🙂

 

[caption id="attachment_2350" align="alignnone" width="640"]Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Teas Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Teas[/caption]

 

 

OB People’s Organic Food Market: Vegan Friendly

[caption id="attachment_1072" align="alignnone" width="640"]People's Co-Op Sign People’s Co-Op Sign[/caption]

 

OCEAN BEACH.  Since 1972, People’s Co-Op has been ground zero for vegans.   It is a 6,000 square foot, member-owned vegetarian co-op (anyone can join!) in Ocean Beach.  How important is People’s to me?  I live in Ocean Beach, because I want to be able to walk to there.  It makes being vegan easy.  It makes being vegan fun.

I have wanted to write a review of People’s Co-Op for a long time.  The post has been slow in coming, because the task of highlighting all of People’s great features is daunting.  So my People’s posts will be done in separate parts – and this particular post will focus on breakfast.

 

People’s Basics:

 

People’s exists on two levels.  The first floor is a vegetarian grocery store, and the upstairs offers prepared food – strictly vegan!

 

[caption id="attachment_1082" align="alignnone" width="300"]People's Downstairs People’s Downstairs[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_1080" align="alignnone" width="300"]People's Upstairs People’s Upstairs[/caption]

 

Again, ALL of the food on the second level is vegan!  People’s provides ingredient lists for all of its dishes, but folks wary of hidden dairy and eggs can relax and order without worry.

And the variety is abundant.  There are always two home made soups, an extensive “do it yourself” salad bar, a cold case of specialty salads (usually between four and eight options), the hot dishes (yum!), a bakery case (double yum!), and an additional cold case of packaged “to go” items, drinks, and tempting desserts.  Choose a plate for here, or take anything to go.  Keep it simple with rice, beans, and broccoli for $3.99 per pound, or treat yourself to the main fare for $7.29 per pound.  You can order as much, or as little, as your heart desires.  Oh, and the friendly folks behind the counter are incredibly knowledgeable and quick to offer a sample of whatever catches your eye.

 

People’s Breakfast:

 

At 8:00 a.m, every day, the doors open to a piping hot breakfast.  The options are fairly consistent:  there is usually (1) a tofu scramble, (2) potatoes, (3) sautéed greens, (4) biscuits and gravy, (5) rice, (6) beans, and (7) breakfast sandwiches.

 

[caption id="attachment_1073" align="alignnone" width="640"]People's Co-Op Breakfast Entrees People’s Co-Op Breakfast Entrees[/caption]

 

Each option is excellent and beloved by the members.  The tofu scramble has subtle changes day-to-day (I love it when they put in sun dried tomatoes), but the seasoning is always perfect.  The potatoes come out of the oven crispy.  And believe it or not, the greens tend to disappear most quickly.  A popular version – called “Steve’s Greens” (pictured on my plate) – is a sauté of kale, garlic, onion, sunflower oil, and ume vinegar.  I could eat a whole plate full of these greens.  They are an easy way to get in a serving of veggies (or three) before lunch!

For vegans who miss comfort food, People’s offers their biscuits and gravy.  How can they make soft and fluffy biscuits without milk or butter?  Because the second floor is a vegan think tank.  These folks constantly brainstorm new ideas and experiment when the mood moves them.  For example, I walked in one morning to find (and devour) what might have been the best french toast of my life.  And why was it there?  Because, according to one inside source, “somebody felt like making it that day.”  This is the opposite of bureaucracy – this is a nimble organization driven by real people who want to offer healthy, creative food.

And at the same time, unsurprisingly, People’s knows how to do the basics well.  The brown rice is short grain perfection, and the beans (alternating between pinto and black) are firm, simple, and flavorful.  Standing alone, they are a great.  And paired with the other entrees, they provide a powerful foundation for a filling meal.

 

[caption id="attachment_1074" align="alignnone" width="640"]My People's Breakfast Plate My People’s Breakfast Plate[/caption]

 

Finally, People’s has created its own Breakfast Sandwich made up from spelt English muffins, tempeh sausage, vegenaise, and tomato. The tempeh sausage is spicy and hearty.  The vegenaise provides a rich flavor, and the tomato provides the token produce that makes us feel better about eating the sandwich!  If you arrive at People’s hungry and are looking for something easy to eat on the go, the Breakfast Sandwich is a great choice.

 

[caption id="attachment_1075" align="alignnone" width="640"]People's Breakfast Sandwich People’s Breakfast Sandwich[/caption]

 

You never know what vegan treasures you will find in the bakery section.  This morning, for example, People’s was featuring (1) Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scones, (2) Blueberry Muffins, and (3) Agave Raspberry Muffins.  The Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scones evoked my lust for chocolate and did not disappoint – I especially enjoyed where the soft raspberry flavor connected with the pockets of rich dark chocolate.

 

[caption id="attachment_1077" align="alignnone" width="640"]People's Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scone People’s Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scone[/caption]

 

People’s also provides bagels twists from Point Loma Bagels that are free from egg and egg wash.  I confess I have never tried a bagel twist (I am far too devoted to the other breakfast options), but I have noticed that they fly off the shelves.

 

[caption id="attachment_1076" align="alignnone" width="640"]People's Bagel Twists People’s Bagel Twists[/caption]

 

Finally, how could breakfast be complete without coffee or tea? People’s has set up a self serve station for both!  There are usually 3 coffees brews, one of which is decaf.  The tea rack is stocked with 12 different types of teas ranging from Yerba Mate to Lemon Ginger.  Need to add something to your drink?  No problem.  There is non-dairy creamer, sugar, and agave for your morning beverages.

 

[caption id="attachment_1078" align="alignnone" width="640"]People's Tea and Coffee People’s Tea and Coffee[/caption]

 

My review of People’s could not possibly be complete if I didn’t mention the employees.  Quite simply, People’s people are the best.  They genuinely seem to enjoy the job, support the mission, and know the members. Their smiles, suggestions, and positive attitudes ensure that every experience at People’s is a bright point in my day.

 

http://www.obpeoplesfood.coop/

 

4765 Voltaire Street

San Diego, CA 92107

619.224.1387

 

Casa de Luz: 100% Vegan

[caption id="attachment_941" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casa de Luz Sign Casa de Luz Sign[/caption]

 
UPDATE: AS OF 12/9/2013 CASA DE LUZ IS CLOSED.  THEY WILL BE MISSED 

 

NORTH PARK.  Casa de Luz is a 100% vegan, 100% macrobiotic, 100% organic, and 100% gluten free restaurant in North Park.  Further, Casa de Luz offers itself as an educational community center.  This is what makes it special.  Casa transcends the common boundaries of a restaurant to focus on events, classes, and bringing the community together.

What is Macrobiotic Food?

 

For most folks walking into Casa for the first time, the question immediately becomes:  “What is macrobiotic food?”  Turns out, however, that this is a challenging question to answer.

The word “macrobiotic” derives from Greek and means “long life.”  But the diet originated in Japan, then spread across borders of nationality and culture.  Today, many advocates of the macrobiotic diet embrace both principles of East Asian philosophy and the objectives of the western vegan diet.  And for many, it is a lifestyle choice.

Whether a diet or a lifestyle, macrobiotics promotes eating local, seasonal foods that are “balanced.”  Specifically, this targeted balance is a function of (1) each food’s inherent acidity versus alkalinity, and (2) the dueling energies of yin and yang.  First, because most people in modern society consume highly acidic foods – which yield a lower pH level in the blood – macrobiotics recommends more alkaline food and drink.   The list of highly acidic foods is long and surprising.  For example, both milk and sugar are highly acidic. Alkaline water is optimal for humans, check it out for yourself on sites like AlkalineWaterFilterExperts.com. If you want to see where other foods land on the spectrum of alkalinity and acidity, here is a good website:

http://landsofwisdom.com/?p=3820

Second, and much more mystifying to me, is the pursuit of a balance between the energies of yin (the expanding, outward force) and yang (the contracting inward force).  The good news:  the body seems to crave a balance between the two.  The bad news:  it often craves the extremes, paired together.  Wine (yin) and cheese (yang).  Beer (yin) and burgers (yang).  Unfortunately, each of these foods is highly acidic and – huge surprise – not so good for you.  As a result, macrobiotics relies on foods that are inherently balanced – even on their own – such as certain grains and most of the plant kingdom.  Here is a more robust listing:

http://macrobiotic.about.com/od/gettingstarted/a/YinYang.htm

Bottom line, with macrobiotics, it feels like you need at least a Masters degree just to put together a single meal.  But this is where Casa de Luz comes in!  Casa has the experts who do all the thinking, all the planning, and all the cooking for us simple folk.  All we have to do is show up!

 

Meals at Casa de Luz:

 

The menu at Casa de Luz changes daily.  If you don’t like surprises, simply check Casa’s website for the daily menu!  You can also consult the schedule outlining which cuisines (Asian, Italian, etc.) are served on certain days.  Except for Friday and Saturday, because those days are Chef’s Choice!

 

[caption id="attachment_942" align="alignnone" width="680"]Casa Theme Nights Schedule Casa Theme Nights Schedule[/caption]

 

Lunch: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

 

For both Lunch and Dinner, Casa offers two options: (1) Plate or (2) Seasonal Bowl.

 

1. Plate:

The Plate consistently offers the same building blocks for a true macrobiotic meal: leafy green + grain + bean + veggie + pickle.  The Plate also comes with soup, salad, AND tea.   In fact, you pick up your soup and salad immediately after ordering and paying at the front desk.  Then, later, a Casa staff member will bring the main Plate to your table.

 

[caption id="attachment_943" align="alignnone" width="640"]Sample of Casa Lunch and Dinner Menu Sample of Casa Lunch and Dinner Menu[/caption]

 

On my most recent visit, the soup was Wild Rice and Veggie.   The veggies, celery, zucchini, onions, and carrots, were perfectly tender (but not overly soft).  The flavor, sublime and wonderful, is an excellent example of how macrobiotic food stands apart.  It is not salty, not spicy, and not infused with other flavors seeking to dominate the taste buds.  This soup relies on the quality of its vegetables.  And this soup disappears quickly.

 

[caption id="attachment_944" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casas Wild Rice and Veggie Soup Casas Wild Rice and Veggie Soup[/caption]

 

Next up was the salad: mixed greens, carrots, and cabbage with a nutty fig balsamic dressing.  Casa’s salads never disappoint.  The greens and veggies are always fresh, and the salad dressings are unique and home made.  The nutty, fig, balsamic dressing was a special treat.

 

[caption id="attachment_945" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casas Salad Casas Salad[/caption]

 

The Plate showcased how simple, sturdy blocks can build something wonderful.  The leafy green was kale with a walnut-dill sauce.  The grain was a blend of coconut quinoa and brown rice.  The bean of the night was the reliable black bean, and the vegetable was lemon-herbed broccoli.  Finally, the pickle was not a single stick of cucumber but, rather, a fun medley of unexpected veggies.

The delight is in the details.  The walnut-dill sauce brings the kale alive, and the grains are cooked to the point of perfection – not beyond.  Also, pickled vegetables inject the plate with acute flavor that somehow ends up on the alkaline end of the spectrum.  It is a weird science, but delicious.

 

[caption id="attachment_946" align="alignnone" width="640"]Sample of Casas Entree Sample of Casas Entree[/caption]

 

2. Seasonal Bowls:

Your second option when ordering lunch or dinner is one of two Seasonal Bowls.  These bowls are a recent (and welcome!) addition to Casa’s menu.  They are great for those times when you are not hungry enough to eat a soup, salad, AND entree plate (or when you don’t have a lot of time to eat).

 

[caption id="attachment_947" align="alignnone" width="380"]Casas Bowl Sign Casas Bowl Sign[/caption]

 

The two Seasonal Bowls available right now are the: (i) Tempeh Chili with Tofu Crema and Cornbread and (ii) Grilled Pineapple Curry with Brown Rice.  I recently tried the Tempeh Chili.  Wow.  The chili was warm with a hint of spice.  The tofu crema was creamy (move over, sour cream) and the cornbread was soft, moist, and full of actual kernels of corn.  Always real food.  Always amazing.

 

[caption id="attachment_949" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casas Tempeh Chili with Tofu Crema and Cornbread Casas Tempeh Chili with Tofu Crema and Cornbread[/caption]

 

Weekend Brunch

 

Casa de Luz has recently stopped serving breakfast on the weekdays.  However, rumor on the street is that Casa will begin a weekend Champagne/Kombucha brunch in November.  This is one brunch I don’t want to miss.  Stay tuned for a follow up post!

 

Dessert:

If you have room for dessert after your meal, take a look at Casa’s display case to the left of the cashier.  Cookies, puddings, maple bars, cheesecake, and more!  How are they vegan?  Casa magic.

Most recently, I tried the Mexican Chocolate Mousse.  To say it exceeded my expectations would be a gross understatement.  This was the richest, most intensely chocolate mousse I have tasted.  Ever.   The type of rich where you close your eyes each time you take a bite.

 

[caption id="attachment_950" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casas Mexican Chocolate Mousse Casas Mexican Chocolate Mousse[/caption]

 

Smoothies and Juices:

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the special smoothies and juices offered at Casa de Luz.  Casa offers four smoothies or you can create your own juice!  Because the ingredients are of the highest quality, each smoothie and juice is a standout.

 

[caption id="attachment_951" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casas Smoothie Board Casas Smoothie Board[/caption]

 

I enjoy the Leafy Green Smoothie.  Made from kale, green, apple, cucumber, Vitamineral Green, almond yogurt, almond milk and dates, it is smooth and creamy.  You would never know by its taste that it’s full of veggies!

 

[caption id="attachment_953" align="alignnone" width="547"]Casas Leafy Green Smoothie Casas Leafy Green Smoothie[/caption]

 

Drinks 

Water: 

Even Casa’s water is special, as it is somehow filtered and transformed to an alkaline friendly pH level of 9.5.  Drink it straight up, or infused with cucumber.

 

[caption id="attachment_954" align="alignnone" width="400"]Casas Alkaline Water Dispenser Casas Alkaline Water Dispensers[/caption]

 

Tea and Coffee:

I have mentioned that the lunch and dinner plates come with complimentary tea.  Customers are able to fill (and re-fill!) their glasses with Kukicha Tea.

Before Casa de Luz, I had never heard of Kukicha Tea.  It is made from the twigs of the same plant that produces green tea.  Because they come from the same plant, Kukicha Tea shares the same antioxidant properties as green tea.  It has a smoky flavor and has 90% less caffeine than coffee (green tea has 60% less caffeine than coffee).

http://www.oprah.com/food/Superfoods-List-2012-Sunchokes-Adzuki-Beans-Chia-Seed/5

If Kukicha tea doesn’t sound appealing, Casa also has a variety of herbal, green, and black teas available by the pot.

I don’t drink coffee but if I did, Casa de Luz would be my first stop.  I often see individuals sitting with a blissful look on their faces as they wrap their hands around their Guatemalan French Press Coffee.  And don’t worry, Casa has non-dairy creamers and sweeteners if you don’t like your coffee black!

 

[caption id="attachment_955" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casas Tea and Coffee Board Casas Tea and Coffee Board[/caption]

 

Seating:

 

Casa’s space is the product of the owner’s passion for community.  The main floor has beautiful dark wood tables of all shapes and sizes, including large community style seating.  The outdoor patio offers a sunny spot for those with dogs.  And the upstairs features an educational utopia, complete with extensive seating, state-of-the-art kitchen, and vast counter space for demonstrations.  Casa is ground zero for food and cooking enthusiasts.

 

[caption id="attachment_956" align="alignnone" width="400"]Casa Interior Casa Interior[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_957" align="alignnone" width="400"]Casa Outdoor Patio Seating Casa Outdoor Patio Seating[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_960" align="alignnone" width="400"]Upstairs Learning Space at Casa Upstairs Learning Space at Casa[/caption]

 

Events:

 

As I mentioned earlier, Casa de Luz is more than a place to eat.  Casa’s online calendar shows the upcoming community events to be hosted in house – check it out at: http://sandiego.casadeluz.org/events–classes.html

 

[caption id="attachment_958" align="alignnone" width="640"]Casa de Luz Calendar of Events Casa de Luz Calendar of Events[/caption]

 

I could never list all of the events Casa offers, but I will take the time to highlight a few!

 

Test Kitchen Tuesdays:

Test Kitchen Tuesdays is a series of vegan cooking classes, taught by Liz Gary, that are held every Tuesday morning from 9:30am – 11:30am.  The class is a donation based, hands on cooking class – attendees break up into groups to make the recipes in Casa’s amazing upstairs educational space.  I attend almost every week.  Our creations range from vegan doughnuts to quiche!

 

[caption id="attachment_959" align="alignnone" width="377"]Casa Test KItchen Tuesday  Doughnut Casa Test KItchen Tuesday Doughnut[/caption]

 

Casa de Luna:

Casa de Luz holds its donation based “Casa de Luna” celebration on the first Saturday night of every month beginning at 9:30pm.  The event features activities like partner yoga, meditation, and an art show.  And no event would be complete without delicious food and drink: Casa offers organic wine and sake, juice, tea, and desserts to attendees!

 

Kale University:

On many Wednesdays at 6:30pm (check the Casa calendar for an detailed list!), Casa de Luz is home to the Kale University Meetup group.  Kale University advocates a whole-food plant-based diet and is open to individuals who are interested in taking health into their own hands.  Kale University uses Wednesday evenings to bring in speakers and to provide classes for its members.  To learn more check out Kale University’s Meetup page at:

http://www.meetup.com/KaleUniversity/

 

In sum, life at Casa de Luz is always evolving.  Although breakfast will be missed, I expect that the upcoming brunch program will be something special.  Hope to see you there!

 

UPDATE: AS OF 12/9/2013 CASA DE LUZ IS CLOSED.  THEY WILL BE MISSED

http://sandiego.casadeluz.org/

 

2920 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92104

619.550.1857